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Abalimi Bezekhaya | Cape Town

Ecological project

Abalimi Bezekhaya in Cape Town supports the population of the Cape Flats in growing vegetables.

The Cape-Flats

The Cape Flats is a very densely populated area where a large number of the black population was resettled during apartheid and still lives there in a confined space.

What you can expect

As a volunteer, you will be actively involved in the garden centre and the vegetable growing projects, preparing and running events and workshops, as well as providing UN management support. Furthermore, public relations and marketing is essential for Abalimi. This area is also entrusted to the volunteers, who contribute to the project by working on the newsletter, photography and reporting on events.

About the project

The non-profit organisation Abalimi Bezekhaya (Xhosa term, translated “the farmers of the homeland”) supports disadvantaged people in various Cape Town townships through urban horticulture and ecological programmes.

Besides its own organic vegetable production and distribution, Abalimi supports other individuals, groups and community organisations with workshops and training courses in the implementation and maintenance of long-term organic farming projects. These form the basis for sustainable ecological development, can open up new “self-help” career perspectives and actively serve the fight against poverty.

Abalimi supports individuals, groups and community organisations in the implementation and maintenance of long-term organic farming projects through workshops, training courses and mentoring. These form the basis for sustainable ecological development, can open up new “self-help” career perspectives and actively serve the fight against poverty. All under the motto “Food security”. Access to resources is facilitated by the two garden centres in the centre of the community. Furthermore, Abalimi supports larger and smaller community gardens in administrative tasks, especially fundraising and networking.

What you bring along

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You will be working with

Residents of Cape Town, especially the Cape Flats and various townships

Working languages

English
Xhosa

Contact

1 Boston Circle
Airport Industria North
Cape Town, South Africa

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My area of responsibility at Abalimi was very broad. Besides delivering vegetables I wrote the newsletter and worked in the fields. The best part of my work was getting to know the farmers from the townships.
Leander Lerch
North-South-Volunteer 2016/17
During my time as a weltwärts volunteer with Abalimi Bezekhaya I was not only able to meet people from different backgrounds, but also to look behind the scenes of an agricultural NGO. I am very grateful for this.
Milena Schwotzer
North-South-Volunteer 2019/20
In my year at Abalimi I learned about an unconventional but sustainable way of growing vegetables, which is a practical approach to solving some of the problems in Cape Town's townships. This is where climate change meets poverty, but this is exactly what the NGO is doing.
Jonathan Muser
North-South-Volunteer 2018/19

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